Messi back to Barcelona best as free kick magic banishes Argentina woes
The Argentina captain returned to the place where he is most comfortable after a frustrating international foray with the Albiceleste.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all from Lionel Messi, he produces something else.
Barcelona struggled to create openings against a stubborn Espanyol and looked like they had missed their chance to move even further clear at the top of La Liga. Indeed, on a lazy Saturday afternoon in the Camp Nou sun, it almost seemed like they were content with a goalless draw against their local rivals.
The Argentine star, who endured frustration again with the Albiceleste during the international break, simply looks so much more comfortable in Blaugrana.
Messi’s Argentina were beaten by Venezuela in Madrid and the player was abused by fans for pulling out of the team’s second game, against Morocco.
But back in Catalonia he found nothing but love from the 92,000 plus fans who urged him on as he looked at the ball, 20 yards out from goal.
Having sent a free kick into the wall earlier, Messi knew he needed to make this one count. Barcelona weren’t playing with their usual fluency and with under 20 minutes remaining, it could have been the team’s best chance to win a crucial game. And he took that chance.